Today we showcase one of our newer coaches who completed the journey from athlete to coach here at UB. Dave's passion for the Oly program is obvious and I know he has been instrumental in inspiring athletes to supplement their CrossFit with the Oly classes run by himself and Geoff. Without further ado... meet Dave!
How long have you been exercising?
With any kind of regularity and formality? Probably since middle school when I joined the track team. Later in high school I was in cross country and dabbled with swimming, tennis and wrestling.
What is your work out program?
Currently, I'm on the Club olympic lifting program out of California Strength. I also have a large Persian man in Milan, Italy telling me to do things.
Do you play sports?
I grab an occasional pick-up basketball game once in a while and play a few tennis sets some weekends.
Do you eat a particular diet or follow a specific diet philosophy?
Not really, portion control is a big deal before weightlifting meets, but otherwise anything goes. Sweet potatoes are the worst though. Anyone who thinks they are an adequate substitute for regular potatoes is lying to themselves.
How often do you train?
6 days a week with varying degrees of intensity. I try to take at least one complete rest day a week. Sometimes two.
How often in training do you hit a new PR or acquire a new skill?
These days, not very often. PRs kind of have this logarithmic way of slowing down after the first year and every year thereafter.
What do you find contributes to your fitness the most?
Listening to coaches. They see things that are impossible for you to see. This is true of in the gym but even true if you are both looking at the exact same video on the same screen at the same time.
What is your next strength /fitness/skill goal to be achieved?
Qualify for the American Open series next year.
What is your pie-in-the-sky health/ fitness/skill goal? Also known as a BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal)
Qualify for the American Open finals.
Have you ever been injured? How did you move past them?
I've hurt my wrist(s) a few times. Obviously it's hard to oly lift with no wrists, it can be quite frustrating. There's nothing much you can do but take time to let it heal. Work on the things you can work on to stay strong and follow a rehab plan. Rushing back will almost guarantee a re-injury or a worse injury and then you'll be even more frustrated.